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James's layup lifts Cavaliers

LeBron James scored 22 points, including a go-ahead layup in the final seconds, to lead the injury-depleted Cavaliers to an 89-86 victory over Milwaukee last night in Cleveland.

James added 12 assists and nine rebounds as he nearly completed his fourth triple-double of the season, but it was his powerful move to the basket that gave Cleveland an 87-86 lead and enabled the Cavaliers to break a two-game losing streak.

Bobby Simmons scored 21 points to lead Milwaukee.

Bucks guard Michael Redd (18 points) missed 10 of his first 14 shots, but scored 5 points in a 1:06 span to bring back the Bucks.

Jazz 109, Bulls 107 -- Mehmet Okur hit a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left in overtime and Matt Harpring had 28 points to help Utah edge Chicago in Salt Lake City.

Devin Brown tipped an outlet pass that Andrei Kirilenko caught with three seconds left. He passed to Keith McLeod, who found Okur for the winner. Andres Nocioni had a chance to win it for Chicago, but his 3-pointer came just after the final buzzer.

Ben Gordon scored 35 points, including two free throws that gave Chicago a 106-100 lead with 1:31 left in overtime. The Jazz finished the game with a 9-1 run to send the Bulls to their fourth straight loss.

Rockets 87, 76ers 81 -- Yao Ming scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and visiting Houston held Philadelphia without a field goal for more than 15 minutes in the second half.

Only free throws kept the Sixers in this one after an incredible stretch of offensive ineptness. They did not score from the field from the 4:41 mark of the third to 1:05 in the fourth -- 15:36 overall.

Philadelphia made 18 free throws during that stretch that remarkably allowed the 76ers to hang on. They missed 14 straight shots in the fourth quarter before Allen Iverson (32 points) finally scored on a 3-point play. Andre Iguodala followed with a 3 that made it 85-79, and Iverson added another basket, giving the Sixers three in the quarter, but it was too late.

Timberwolves 103, Suns 101 -- Kevin Garnett blocked Shawn Marion's short jumper at the buzzer to preserve visiting Minnesota's victory. The Suns complained vehemently that it was goaltending, but it was to no avail.

Warriors 122, Nuggets 114 -- Baron Davis had 23 points and 12 assists and Jason Richardson added 28 points for Golden State in Oakland, Calif. Denver whittled away at a 19-point deficit and drew within 119-114 after a Carmelo Anthony (34 points) steal and layup with 23.8 seconds left.

Nets 99, Hornets 91 -- Richard Jefferson scored 26 points and Vince Carter added 21 to lead New Jersey to its 11th straight home victory.

Wizards 94, Magic 82 -- Gilbert Arenas had 23 points and eight assists and host Washington finally returned to .500.

Bobcats 119, SuperSonics 106 -- Raymond Felton scored 24 points as host Charlotte won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 27-28.

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